Alexander Lamont gilded cracked lacquer
September 28, 2016
Our company's design and creative energy is deeply rooted in touch. There is no substitute for the cool, smooth surface of gesso; the sensual ivory grains Read more
Alexander Lamont Limited Edition Tissue Box Collection
September 9, 2016
This fall Alexander Lamont presents a Limited Edition collection of handcrafted tissue boxes wrapped in their signature materials of shagreen, parchment and Read more
Umbra Vases in bronze by Alexander Lamont
August 18, 2016
The Umbra Vase group were originally inspired by the shadows created by celestial bodies such as planets or the moon. The shadow behind these bodies floating Read more
Alexander Lamont making the Reef Boxes
August 4, 2016
Last blog post we presented the new Editions Spring 2016 collection. In the coming weeks we will write more about the story behind the individual pieces, the Read more
Alexander Lamont Reef Boxes in bronze from Spring 2016 Editions Collection
July 27, 2016
The objects in the Spring 2016 collection are sculptural elements that were largely derived from different ideas of energy - pressure, harnessing, slicing, Read more
Oscar de la Renta choosing fabrics
June 29, 2016
In May I travelled to San Francisco to attend the Financial Times Business of Luxury Summit 2016. It was the first time I had attended a gathering of this kind Read more
Alexander Lamont trade showroom Bangkok
June 15, 2016
The new Spring 2016 Collection is the largest Alexander has designed with close to 40 original pieces comprised of furniture, lighting and accessories.   Read more
Kips Bay Show House 2016 entryway by David Collins photo by Phillip Ennis
June 1, 2016
We are happy to share with you 'Alexander Lamont's' involvement in this year's Kips Bay Decorator Show House in New York City. The 5 storey, 10 Read more
Alexander Lamont Otto table lamp with louro preto wood finish
May 18, 2016
As we may have mentioned before, it is truly difficult to improve on nature. Natural wood is a thing of great beauty. The shades, textures, colours and Read more
Wooden handmade vessel with silver trim from Laos
May 6, 2016
The most beautiful handmade arts of Laos have arrived in Alexander Lamont. For many years we have worked with the artisan's of Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia Read more
Thailand Road Trip
April 20, 2016
This is a picture essay of a road trip I organized with friends to the furthest east point of Thailand. We went in search of open country, Isaan food and Read more
Designer Artisan short film by Alexander Lamont
April 6, 2016
Linked below is a short film I have just finished that brings some light and movement to my words, processes and background; 3 minutes of ‘why', Read more
Alexander Lamont bronze and gold leaf vessels
March 23, 2016
We have written recently about the making of gold leaf and about the lost-wax bronze casting method we employ, this week we bring them together to highlight Read more
Lacquer art by Saeko Ando
March 9, 2016
Alex recently hosted lacquer artist Saeko Ando in the Bangkok workshop.  The two artists met almost one year ago at a lacquer conference in Thailand and Read more
Enamel and Lacquer box by Jean Dunand and Jean Goulden one of designer Alexander Lamont's favorite Art Deco pieces
February 24, 2016
I have mentioned the influence of the Art Deco period in the materials I use, and the designs I make so I thought I would write a piece about some actual Read more
Nakasendo Trail by Alexandra
February 10, 2016
Back in December in the Japan Shopping post I mentioned that I would soon write more about The Nakasendo Trail.  The trail or Central Mountain Route was Read more
Jackfruit inspired bronze vessel by Alexander Lamont
January 27, 2016
In our search for textures that exude sculptural richness and tactile interest, nature is our biggest influence. We cannot improve upon the rough bark of a Read more
Resident Master of Straw Marquetry
January 13, 2016
We'd like to introduce you to another Team Leader at Alexander Lamont - Niang Pramoopratam. Khun Niang (Khun is the polite participle used before all names Read more
Gold leaf
December 18, 2015
Do you know, that if you were able to hold up a sheet of gold leaf you would be able to see right through it? It would be very difficult to try to do this as Read more
Shopping in Japan
December 2, 2015
As Alex’s wife and partner in business it is somewhat confusing that we both have the same name. But I hope you will find our style of writing to be Read more
Peking Glass by Alexander Lamont
November 18, 2015
As a decorative artist, I have always been drawn to working with historic craft traditions and techniques from Asia and Europe and refining them into Read more
Malacca lanterns hanging to dry
October 29, 2015
A while ago I visited Malacca with Alexandra my wife. Yes, we are known by our friends as ‘the Alexes’. This trip was for one specific purpose Read more
Lotus Leaf Vessel in bronze by Alexander Lamont
October 28, 2015
This week I have something different for you, a short story. It’s about the life and death and rebirth of a lotus leaf.  There was once a lotus Read more
Rock crystal and gold leaf Coupe Vessel by Alexander Lamont
October 14, 2015
The beauty and power of rock crystal has been cherished for millennia across different cultures. It has been an important element in the evolution of aesthetic Read more
Alexander Lamont straw marquetry wall panels
September 30, 2015
Alexander Lamont is excited to be launching the Fall 2015 collection of Le Mur wall panels this month. Building on the 2014 Le Mur  Read more
Hanoi cafe scene photo by Alexander Lamont
September 17, 2015
I spent last week in Vietnam meeting with lacquer artists and friends. I first visited Vietnam in 1995. That was after many years of travelling to Thailand - a Read more
Group of Khmer rice-cutters raised on bronze stands
September 2, 2015
For collectors of all persuasions, it is generally recognized that a key part of the equation of collecting is knowing how best to display cherished pieces. Read more
Ryosuke Harashima designer scholar's gift collection Alexander Lamont
August 19, 2015
Ryosuke Harashima, product designer from Kanazawa in Japan first came to work with us in 2010. With the brief to design a gift collection Ryosuke re-imagined Read more
Bronze Owl Sculpture by Alexander Lamont
August 5, 2015
Bronze animal sculpture has been a part of the artwork that we design and make since the beginning. Animals, birds and fish bring a vitality to sculpture that Read more
Tattoo being applied to parchment skin.
July 22, 2015
As the managing editor for the blog, I see many photographs every week of the current work going on in our workshops.  I come across various images that Read more
Raw shagreen and parchment at Alexander Lamont
July 8, 2015
If you have ever seen a raw piece of shagreen, it’s not easy to imagine the transformation the skin endures to result in the rich, deeply detailed Read more
Cornice Lamp in gilded natural marble by Alexander Lamont
June 24, 2015
Finding stones in a mountain can be more difficult than it might sound.  I recently found this out while looking for stones to make the Cornice Lamp. Read more
Straw Marquetry box by Alexander Lamont
June 10, 2015
We have a guest author this week: my father.  I’ve written in the past about how the business he started when I was a child has powerfully Read more
Alexander Lamont exhibition of curated antiques
June 3, 2015
What we see is a constantly changing world of light and colour and texture. Any visual artist will tell you that the first thing needed is to learn to see. Read more
Canister Lamp in shagreen and bronze by Alexander Lamont
May 27, 2015
The Canister Lamp is a striking contemporary sculptural light that excels at re-interpreting the use of shagreen and in combining this lustrous natural Read more
Alexander Lamont Shou Sugi Ban technique
May 20, 2015
For an Englishman like me, toast is a national 'treasure.' It takes a simple slice of bread and through charring the surface brings it to a whole new Read more
Alexander Lamont Ripple Bowls in black lacquer
May 13, 2015
The art of lacquer is one of the alchemical and seemingly elusive techniques found in the decorative arts. It has its origins in early China and Japan and has Read more
Australian textures by Alexander Lamont
May 6, 2015
Western Australia could swallow the entire United Kingdom, Texas and Japan together within its borders - with none of them touching and enormous spaces Read more
Photographer Yuna Yagi
April 29, 2015
Yuna Yagi is in certain ways the 'face' of our company.  She is a trained architect who practiced in New York and Berlin for many years and then Read more
Alexander Lamont Suji Parchment
April 22, 2015
The new Suji parchment technique is a fresh take on the Mighty Table, a classic Alexander Lamont design.  Playing with the intrinsic textile qualities of Read more
Wall Sconces by Alexander Lamont
April 15, 2015
This spring we have added four new wall sconce designs to our lighting collection.  Proper lighting is essential in creating the atmosphere and feel for a Read more
Thailand First Impressions by Alexander Lamont
April 8, 2015
I first visited Thailand in 1981 with my family. My father bought antiques and traditional folk art for our family business in England and to my great fortune Read more
Alexander Lamont Mighty Table, bronzed shagreen and reclaimed wood
April 1, 2015
Our two most iconic materials are blended together to make one of our own development; the elegant, durable and timeless signature material, Bronzed Read more
Eugenia Errázuriz in her Paris apartment
March 25, 2015
While brainstorming with Alex about potential blog posts there was one that immediately captivated me.  Not only because it brought to my attention a Read more
Alexander Lamont rock crystal jar with yan lipao woven lid
March 18, 2015
"Taking design ideas of great simplicity and elegance and applying materials and techniques that have never been imagined before. This is what I love. Read more
Alexander Lamont parchment coasters and burnt wood box
March 11, 2015
"People hang their pictures high up on the walls, but they place their objects for everyday use close to them and take them in their hands." - Soetsu Read more
Alexander Lamont Fougere Dining Table
March 4, 2015
Nearly all of the art and objects that we see in the famous museums of the world are there thanks to their beauty and durability. However they are not made of Read more
Alexander Lamont Tourbillon coffee table in shagreen, lacquer and bronze
February 25, 2015
I have been working with shagreen for 14 years now but the questions and answers technically and design-wise remain constant. The material is generally Read more
Shanghai street by Alexander Lamont
February 18, 2015
Gong Hey Fat Choy or Gong Xi Fa Cai to our readers who celebrate Chinese New Year. 2015 brings in the Year of the Sheep or Goat, an animal symbolic of peace, Read more
Alexander Lamont craftsman working on gesso table surface
February 11, 2015
In looking back at great craft traditions, gesso is one of the unsung heroes. It was developed originally as a base for the pigments and gilding that decorated Read more
Alexander Lamont jewellery inspired furniture
February 4, 2015
Jewellery is a strong source of inspiration for the pieces I make. There is an intricacy in design and an appreciation for shape and materials in found Read more
Alexander Lamont gilded sand sidetables
January 28, 2015
Alexander Lamont has perfected the 18th century technique of turning sand into a solid and elegant textured surface.  Initially used as a counterbalance Read more
Indian stone inlay photographed by Alexander Lamont
January 22, 2015
India is a place that lives in ones imaginations as vividly as it does in the reality of the experiences traveling there. I am just back from India where I had Read more
Alexander Lamont lacquer and crackled gesso Canoe Vessel
January 14, 2015
How to create sensual, langorous expression in the form of a bowl used for entertaining or admiring?  It was Charles Eames who said, “The Read more
Ikebana by Naomi Daimaru and bulb bronze vessel by Alexander Lamont
January 7, 2015
Watching Naomi Daimaru create an Ikebana floral arrangement elicits an immediate appreciation for nature.  Working in reflective silence and taking the Read more
Alexander Lamont Midori incense burner
December 31, 2014
The smoke Is now makingThe first sky of the year. -- Issa This Haiku poem is a beautiful reminder of another year gone by and of the poetic beauty of Read more
Alexander Lamont Black Orchid bronze and gold leaf wall sconce
December 24, 2014
As we prepared this blog entry we learned that the wall sconce from our new Black Orchid collection is featured in the current issue of the American magazine, Read more
Galuchat_shagreen_Jean Perfettini_Alexander Lamont
December 17, 2014
Galuchat is the French word for Shagreen. Shagreen/galuchat is the name used only for those things that have been covered with raw stingray or shark skins. The Read more
Bamboo forest in Japan photograph by Alexander Lamont
December 10, 2014
Japan seduces the ‘materialist' with a gorgeous palette of textures and patterns and tones. The Japanese celebration and reverence for nature through Read more
Alexander Lamont eggshell lacquer workshop
December 3, 2014
Eggshell has been an obsession of mine recently. It is the strongest and yet most delicate material. The work itself is satisfying as you push the little Read more
Alexander Lamont workshop
November 26, 2014
I am very pleased to let you know that the ‘Alexander Lamont’ Blog is being launched today.  The company is now almost 15 years old which Read more
Alexander Lamont Bronze Vessel
September 5, 2014
Strong, yet flexible, bronze is a sculptural material that has been employed in the decorative arts of Europe, Africa and Asia for millennia.  In fact, Read more
Alexander Lamont Cornish light
July 17, 2014
Cornwall embodies a certain dream of England; this small island, so famous for its rain and low leaden skies. Cornwall is the most westerly county in England, Read more
Alexander Lamont Le Mur Wall Paneling in Straw Marquetry
June 12, 2014
In  June 2014, we presented our first limited wall covering collection Le Mur using two signature materials - straw marquetry and shagreen.  The Read more
Alexander Lamont Central Embassy Shop Mural
May 15, 2014
After more than a year of conversation, design and development, in May 2014 I opened our new store at Central Embassy in Bangkok. It was an enriching, Read more
Alexander Lamont Chop Boxes
December 3, 2013
A beautiful box naturally piques our curiosity. We want to reach out and lift the lid to discover what it conceals inside: what is it that is so precious that Read more
Alexander Lamont Shops
September 12, 2013
 Napoleon once described England as 'a nation of shopkeepers'. He meant this term scornfully, but shops are a foundation of life and have far Read more
Alexander Lamont is Blessed Tham Bun Ceremony
March 25, 2013
Every year at my studio and workshop we have a 'Tham Bun' ceremony when we bring monks to bless our factory and staff. This year it took place in early Read more
Alexander Lamont bronze and gold leaf Hammered Bowl
February 11, 2013
In 2003 I was trying to think of ways to make the bronze that I loved into a lighter form - something that was bronze and sculptural but that had a lightness Read more
Alexander Lamont American Shadows
December 12, 2012
Alberto Giacometti was inspired to start his series of ethereal, long bronze sculptures when he glimpsed the long shadow of an artist against a wall in Paris Read more
Alexander Lamont Eric Stocker Lacquer Master
November 12, 2012
Between 2009 and 2012, we were privileged to have lacquer master, Eric Stocker, in the workshop, training our artisans and producing our pieces using the Read more
Alexander Lamont Scholars Gift Collection
November 9, 2012
For the Scholar's Collection I worked in collaboration with Japanese artist Ryosuke Harashima to create small objects, treasures, precious pieces that I Read more
Alexander Lamont Straw Marquetry
August 7, 2012
I was once asked why straw fascinates me. Perhaps it is the fairy-tale idea of taking a humble material like the straw that filled the fields around my Read more
Alexander Lamont natural lacquer workshop
May 11, 2012
I have pursued lacquer for decades: the fabled material that lies between East and West, Kyoto and Paris. It is to my eyes the most alluring, subtle yet iconic Read more
alexander lamont material innovations tansu serindia exhibition
October 11, 2011
In September 2011 I did a special exhibition at Serindia Gallery in Bangkok in collaboration with my friends Robert Piccus and Shane Suvikapakornkul, owner of Read more